Infusion therapy. Part two: Prevention and management of complications

Nurs Stand. 2008 Apr 16-22;22(32):41-8; quiz 50. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.


In the second of two articles, the author identifies common complications associated with intravenous (i.v.) therapy and discusses preventive measures. Part one, published last week, provided an overview of i.v. therapy and the types of vascular access devices available.

MeSH terms

  • Bandages
  • Education, Continuing
  • Embolism, Air / prevention & control
  • Extravasation of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Materials / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Infection Control
  • Infusions, Intravenous / adverse effects*
  • Needlestick Injuries / prevention & control